SLDS has three intentionally designed and beautifully maintained outdoor play areas; Infant/Toddlers, Twos turning Three, and Threes through PreK/K. We value outdoor experiences for physical development, self and social awareness, learning about God’s beautiful world, and enjoyment of nature. As children experience our outdoor learning centers, they practice and master skills in all the developmental domains!
Sing, Dance, Move Children in all age groups enjoy visits from our SLDS Music Teacher. Our Music Teacher receives on-going training in Education Through Music, from the Richard’s Institute. This is a language-based program, in which song, movement, and interactive play promote emotional, social, cognitive, and musical development.
Music Live! The Fine Arts Department of St. Luke’s UMC, and other musicians in our community, enrich our program by providing musical performances throughout the school year. Children experience live voice, organ, hand bell, and other performances in small group settings that are specifically designed for them.
Motor Class (Children’s Physical Education)
Children in our Twos, Threes, PreK, and Kindergarten classes visit our gymnasium for physical education sessions with our SLDS Motor Coaches. While the children participate in a variety of challenging and fun activities, our teachers and coaches carefully observe each child’s physical development. We support strong and healthy bodies!
Christian Education and Chapel Time
Children of all faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcome at our school!
SLDS is a ministry of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and therefore Christian education is seen as a natural and important part of the daily program. Children pray before meals, sing songs to God, hear Bible stories/value lessons suitable for their age, and celebrate major holidays of the church year. We hope to share, through example, that Jesus loves us very much and wants us to love each other!
Children’s Chapel Time
Children enrolled in our Twos, Threes, PreK, and Kindergarten classes participate in a weekly brief and joyous children’s worship service! The children gather to sing songs, learn a Bible verse of the month, hear a story from our SLUMC Director of Children’s Ministries, and share a birthday blessing for all of the children celebrating birthdays during that week. Parents are invited to join us.
Generosity and care for others starts young! Age-appropriate service projects include canned food donations at Thanksgiving, a special Christmas toy drive, “Souper Bowl of Sharing” in January, and a book donation later in the Spring. Various community agencies benefit from these donations. Additionally, each of our PreK and Kindergarten classes determine a class service project. Our children have made gift bags for the homeless, written thank you letters to community helpers, donated toys for pets shelters, and grown more empathetic while completing these and other acts of kindness.
In lieu of field trips, the community comes to us! These visits, from folks like the Nature Discovery Center and the Dinky Drum Company, enhance units of study and strengthen each child’s cultural awareness. Here Trips are typically attended by children in our Threes through Kindergarten classes. All age groups enjoy Transportation Day and the “Cowpokes and Cookies” Go Texan Celebration!
Early Literacy Foundations
Considering the current climate of rigorous Elementary Education standards, we commit to provide a strong foundation of early literacy skills to prepare our students for their next steps and launch them into a life-long love of reading and writing!
Early Literacy Specialists
Our two early literacy specialists participate in continuing education and mentoring through School Literacy and Culture, Glasscock School of Continuing Education, Rice University. Both are experienced classroom teachers of Threes, PreK, and Kindergarten with a keen understanding of preschool child development and age-appropriate practice.
Early Literacy Visits – Threes Classes
One day a week, a Literacy Specialist joins our Threes classes for dynamic literacy activities. The Literacy Specialists also mentor our Threes teachers in fine motor development, storytelling, block play, and other best early literacy practices.
Early Literacy Lab – PreK and Kindergarten
All PreK/K students visit the Early Literary Lab one full morning each week, creating a home base for intentional, consistent early literacy instruction that is supported by everyday practice in the classrooms. The instruction incorporates story dictation and dramatization, phonemic awareness, fine motor development, letter/sound recognition, vocabulary development, block construction, and other important foundational skills known to increase children’s on-going capability in the academic areas of oral communication, reading, and writing. Our young students often say the ELL day is a favorite day!
STEAM Science Lab
The PreK/K STEAM Science Lab is a busy exciting place full of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities! Our budding scientists make hypotheses, experiment, problem solve, and determine outcomes. The STEAM Lab is open one hour per week for each class. We’re full STEAM ahead!